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Satur-debut – …AND THE REST / IN CONCLUSION

It took 65 posts and nearly a year-and-a-half to finally revisit all of the debut albums I had previously written about in my Great Out Of The Gate series as well as some artist-specific series. You can read more about Satur-debut in the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured the debut album from Led Zeppelin. Here are four more debuts I should have included, followed by links to other debuts that were part of my Thirty Year Thursday (1986) and Forty-Year Friday (1977) series, and a few lists featuring more of my favorite debuts.

 

KISS – KISS (1974)
Before they became world-conquering mega-stars a few years later Kiss was just a straight-ahead rock ‘n roll band from New York with Kabuki-inspired makeup. Their first three albums are all very solid but the debut packs the largest number of songs that became staples of their live shows for the next 40+ years. They get a lot of flak from some music fans for being cartoon characters but those people are missing out on some great tunes.

KEITH RICHARDS – TALK IS CHEAP (1988)
The Rolling Stones were in disarray by the mid-’80s and ceased touring for most of that decade, so their founding guitarist took advantage of that time to step out on his own with a killer set of songs highlighted by his distinct, raspy vocals and those inimitable guitar riffs. This record still sounds fresh more than three decades later, which is not the case with many records from that era. His band of studio pros, The X-Pensive Winos, deserves a lot of credit for that.

LENNY KRAVITZ – LET LOVE RULE (1989)
Kravitz came seemingly out of nowhere with this collection of songs that covers a plethora of genres, from rock to funk to blues to soul to jazz and beyond. His voice was described at the time as a cross between John Lennon & Elvis Costello, which isn’t far off the mark. Most impressive is that he played just about every instrument and made it sound like a kick-ass band.

JUSTIN CURRIE – WHAT IS LOVE FOR (2007)
Scotland’s Del Amitri has been among my favorite bands since I first heard them in 1990, and I’ve probably listened to them more than any other artist over the last three decades. They went on hiatus in the early 2000s so when their lead singer/bassist/chief songwriter released his debut solo album it was cause for celebration. It’s a more introspective singer-songwriter album than anything he did with Del Amitri., which helps to highlight his incredible voice. The song I’m featuring here, “If I Ever Loved You,” has to be one of the all-time greatest post-breakup songs. I wouldn’t want to be the woman on the receiving end of those lyrics.

 

Here are several more debuts I already wrote about in the Thirty Year Thursday and Forty Year Friday series, with links to those posts:
ELVIS COSTELLO – MY AIM IS TRUE
BODEANS – LOVE & HOPE & SEX & DREAMS
CROWDED HOUSE – CROWDED HOUSE
DWIGHT YOAKAM – GUITARS, CADILLACS, ETC., ETC.
LYLE LOVETT – LYLE LOVETT
STEVE EARLE – GUITAR TOWN
BRUCE HORNSBY & THE RANGE – THE WAY IT IS

 

It might seem like I stopped listening to music by the end of the 20th century since the last Satur-debut album with its own post is from 2000, but that’s not the case. It’s just hard for newer albums to make the kind of lasting impact that older ones do. Here are some of my favorite debuts so far from the new millennium:
Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody
Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast
Beachwood Sparks – Beachwood Sparks
Doves – Lost Souls
The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C.
Elbow – Asleep In The Back
Pete Yorn – Musicforthemorningafter
The Coral – The Coral
Kathleen Edwards – Failer
The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium
Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
Blackfield – Blackfield
Keane – Hopes And Fears
The Zutons – Who Killed… The Zutons
Field Music – Field Music
Pure Reason Revolution – The Dark Third
The Young Knives – Voices Of Animals And Men
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
Steven Wilson – Insurgentes
John Grant – Queen Of Denmark
Rumer – Seasons Of My Soul
Flying Colors – Flying Colors

 

I also mentioned the following artists (in alphabetical order) at the end of the Great Out Of The Gate series as “Honorable Mentions,” since I love all of their debuts. Perhaps one day I’ll resurrect Satur-debut so they can get the spotlights they deserve:
Ambrosia, Badlands, The Bears, Ben Folds Five, Better Than Ezra, John Cale, Eric Clapton, Billy Cobham, Leonard Cohen, Counting Crows, Cream, Melissa Etheridge, Fish, Steve Forbert, Garbage, Richard X. Heyman, Rickie Lee Jones, King’s X, The Knack, Nick Lowe, Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, Men At Work, Oasis, Ozzy Osbourne, The Alan Parsons Project, The Proclaimers, Rainbow, REM, Emitt Rhodes, Solas, Stephen Stills, Suede, Swing Out Sister, George Thorogood & The Destroyers and Vanilla Fudge.

 

Thanks for following along since January 2019. How many favorite debuts do we have in common? Did you discover any new favorites via this series? Most importantly, which debut albums are on YOUR list of all-time favorites?

44 comments on “Satur-debut – …AND THE REST / IN CONCLUSION

  1. DanicaPiche
    June 6, 2020

    Congratulations on a stellar series, Rich! From this group, Lenny Kravitz would be my favorite.

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  2. christiansmusicmusings
    June 6, 2020

    Lenny Kravitz and good ole Keith Richards would be my favorite picks from the four albums you highlighted.

    Kiss were enormously popular in Germany, and I had the awful “I Was Made for Loving You” as a 45 back in the day – to my defense, I was 13 years old! 🙂 Unlike many of school class mates, I never warmed much to Kiss. I will say “Rock and Roll All Nite”, while over-exposed, has to be one of the ultimate rock & roll party songs.

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    • I actually like “I Was Made For Loving You.” For what it was…a cash grab for the disco audience…it was quite successful. I was also the right age when it came out and Kiss was still my favorite band. If I didn’t grow up with their music I would probably be dismissive, so I’ll never try to convince someone that they missed out.

      Glad we agree about Lenny Kravitz and Keith Richards. Two fantastic albums that have withstood the test of time.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        June 6, 2020

        I have to admit “I Was Made for Loving You” was well done. It was a clever combination of disco and rock. Whether one likes it or not, it’s a catchy tune and you can dance to it. I certainly so when it came out.

        It was the time when classmates started throwing parties – and boys started discovering girls! 🙂

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      • I remember that time well. The problem was that none of the girls liked Kiss, so I knew I had to expand my musical horizons.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        June 6, 2020

        Ha, now that you say that, I guess it’s true, most of the Kiss fans in my class were boys. But I don’t believe it prevented many first kisses! 🙂

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      • Well, it’s fitting that many of those first kisses happened with Kiss in the background.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        June 11, 2020

        That’s brilliant, Rich. Even though the association between the two is so obvious, believe or not, it did take you to tell me that!😆

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      • I thought you had made the kiss/Kiss connection when you wrote your last comment, so let’s just assume you made the connection subconsciously.

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      • Bill P
        June 11, 2020

        There should be no shame in loving “I Was Made For Loving You.” I get how if one was into hard rock then and your whole attitude was that “DISCO SUCKS”, having your favorite band produce a disco album could be a kick in the nuts. But, as rightly mentioned, it is a catchy, fun tune. I like a lot of the songs on Dynasty, to be frank. Then again, I also enjoy the Elder.
        I never get the whole deal some people have that when bands evolve, their initial fan base rejects the new direction in hoping they produce “another Destroyer” or similar. Then, when they do rehash the old sound, it is panned as derivative and “trying to hard to be Destroyer” or the like. Some bands go in new directions and I don’t evolve with them. In this case, I have managed to keep pace with KISS through most of the their changes.

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      • I agree that there’s no shame in loving “I Was Made For Loving You”…or any music, for that matter. That’s why I wrote my “No Guilt, Just Pleasure” post a few years ago. I also completely agree with your excellent points about criticism that artists get for progressing OR staying the same. You can’t please everyone so you need to please yourself. Oh, and I also love Kiss’ “The Elder.” It may not hold together as a concept album but there are some great songs on that record.

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  3. deKE
    June 6, 2020

    Great series Rich.
    A few of my fav debuts are, Van Halen-Van Halen, Def Leppard-On Through The Night, Coney Hatch- Coney Hatch, KISS-KISS, RUSH-RUSH, AC/DC-High Voltage, Boston- Boston, Cheap Trick-Cheap Trick…

    I could keep going Rich but you kind of get my drift I’m sure…lol

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    • Thanks Derek. Seems like we have a number of debuts in common. I also like Def Leppard’s debut but much prefer the follow-up. Will need to check out Coney Hatch.

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      • deKE
        June 6, 2020

        I agree with you on High N Dry Rich but Lepp delivered a real good debut even though they don’t think that.
        Coney Hatch is a great record. Produced by Kim Mitchell.

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      • Good to know about the Kim Mitchell connection. I have three of his albums but have never heard Max Webster (sorry, they never made an impact in the US), so I have more exploring to do. Looks like the Coney Hatch debut is on Spotify so I will be able to check it out soon. Thanks again for the recommendation.

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      • deKE
        June 6, 2020

        No worries Rich. Let me know your thoughts on it when you get around to it.

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      • Will do. Thanks again.

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  4. 80smetalman
    June 6, 2020

    I enjoyed reading the series and never knew Keith put out a solo album. The song you feature has me intrigued.

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    • Keith has actually released three solo albums along with a live album. All of them are really good but the debut is the strongest. I saw him on the tour supporting that album. Amazing show.

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  5. Aphoristical
    June 7, 2020

    I think a really strong debut album is sometimes an albatross – these are artists I think made their best records first, and never really equalled them:
    – Arcade Fire
    – Marshall Crenshaw
    – Boston
    – The Velvet Underground (although Cale and Reed did lots of worthwhile stuff solo)

    A lot of my favourite artists eased into their careers, taking 4 or 5 albums to hit top gear.

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    • That would be a good subject for someone to cover in a blog series. Instead of focusing on favorite debuts it would be the debuts that were never surpassed by those artists. Of course there are also those one-album artists that I covered in my One And Done series. They knew it was better to just quit instead of going down the slippery slope of mediocrity. Haha.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 11, 2020

        I can’t think of enough right now for a list of ten though. Television is one of the most clear-cut ones – does anyone not like Marquee Moon best?

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      • That’s a good one. I actually love the other two Television studio albums but it’s hard to argue against Marquee Moon being the cream of the crop.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 14, 2020

        Adventure has its moments, but I find the 1992 one a bit of a slog. From memory, I think I prefer Verlaine’s solo debut to both.

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      • The 1992 album was my first Television album, believe it or not, and it made me check out & fall in love with the first two albums. I was 26 at the time and their music had slipped under my radar even though I was aware of them. It’s not in the same league as the first two but I think it’s really strong. I agree that Verlaine’s solo debut is even better.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 15, 2020

        It might have actually have been mine too, but a decade later. I think I found it in a $5 used CD bin, while it took me ages to hunt down the other two – I think I had to import them as second hand CDs from the states.

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      • Sorry to hear it was so hard to come across those first two albums in NZ. I bought the original CD pressings shortly after getting the third album but later replaced them with the 2-CD expanded editions.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 15, 2020

        Anything good on the bonus discs. I’ve heard the live album The Blow Up is good but has bad sound.

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      • I made a mistake in describing them as 2-CD reissues, which is how I remembered them. They’re actually just expanded single CDs. Nothing essential among the bonus tracks but the sound & packaging are excellent. Here’s what I wrote about them in my B-Sides The Point post about Television’s studio albums.

        MARQUEE MOON:
        Note: The 2003 Rhino reissue includes both parts of their earlier single, “Little Johnny Jewel.” It has some cool, dissonant guitar playing, perhaps influenced by Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart, and I love the two 3-note descending guitar figures during the verses. It’s nice to have this addendum, but it isn’t essential to enjoying the original album

        ADVENTURE:
        Note: The 2003 Rhino reissue includes the non-album track that actually provided the album’s title, “Adventure.” They were right to leave it off the original album, because even though it’s a good song, it’s drastically different than anything else they had recorded. It’s an almost southern rock/blues shuffle that reminded me of The Marshall Tucker Band, a connection I never expected to make. It’s cool, but works best as a bonus track

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      • Aphoristical
        June 16, 2020

        Those are the ones I have – single disc from 2003 with bonus tracks.

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      • Okay, then we’re all caught up on Television. Those discs sound great and the packaging is better than the original CD versions.

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  6. Alyson
    June 8, 2020

    “It’s just hard for newer albums to make the kind of lasting impact that older ones do.” Well observed Rich and as you know my favourites are mainly from the 70s and 80s. Well done on this series – It does take stamina to keep going I know but you did it!

    Of the four mentioned above it would have to be Lenny Kravitz (so multi-talented) and Del Amiti for me – I see Justin has his own blog and it appears on some of the music Blogger’s sidebars.

    Of the rest, my favourite album would have to be My Aim Is True, and all because music and memories are interlinked. A few seconds into a track and you’re right back in the moment (and that’s a long time ago now!).

    Hope you will return with something new?

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    • Hi Alyson. I’m glad you agree with my sentiment about the bigger impact albums from our distant past have compared with more recent releases. Not sure this series took much stamina as I was merely copying posts I had previously written and putting them in a fresh context. It’s been a great way to stay connected at a time when I don’t have as much free time as I’d like.

      Justin Currie is an interesting fellow. I’ve seen some of his blogging and he’s as verbose there as he is in his songs. I’ve met him briefly a couple of times and he’s always been a nice chap. They say not to meet your heroes but between him and the late Stuart Adamson from Big Country (as well as Phil Collins) I’ve been very fortunate to have pleasant encounters.

      I will be taking an extended blogging break unless something inspires me, although I do still have that idea to compress an idea I’ve had for a series into a single post, which I’ll need to get to by the end of 2020. You haven’t heard the last from me here, but I may be quiet throughout the summer. I will, however, be scanning my favorite blogs..including yours, of course.

      Sláinte

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      • Alyson
        June 12, 2020

        I think you had quite a long break before this series so I’m sure we’ll see you return with something else down the line. Until then, enjoy the break and hopefully will see you drop by my place from time to time. In a big, big world it’s amazing how those who write about music seem to find each other, but we do.

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      • You are right about the break I took before starting Satur-debut, which was a great way for me to keep in touch with my readers & fellow bloggers while not needing to spend the kind of time I usually do on my posts. I don’t want to recycle previous content the next time I post so I’ll just wait for inspiration & free time to be in harmonic convergence. I will certainly continue to follow my favorite blogs & chime in periodically, so you haven’t heard the last of me.

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  7. stephen1001
    June 10, 2020

    A fine series, Rich – well done!

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  8. Bill P
    June 11, 2020

    Well done on the series, Rich! I thoroughly appreciated revisiting many of these in my collection. To borrow from another series of yours, several of these artists were compilation only but I found some of the album tracks refreshingly new to my ears. I did purchase a few of them after your posts.

    I think I’ve figured out over the series that my tastes are probably similar to Alyson’s as I like the Kravitz and KISS debuts best here too. In fact, I knew of Kravitz before his debut when he was still Romeo Blue thanks to my great-grandmother’s love of supermarket tabloids and their covering of his relationship with Lisa Bonet. The KISS debut is timeless and indeed the best of the first 3 albums. Kravitz even covered “Deuce” on the “Kiss my A$$” tribute.

    I love and own a lot of the others you mentioned, too many to list. I was just listening to Pete Yorn the other day. If you haven’t heard of him, check out the debut by Pete Murray “Feeler.” “Lines” is a good intro song.

    So what is next for the blog?

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    • Thanks for the feedback, Bill. I’m glad we’ve had so much music in common. I think I had heard of Romeo Blue but didn’t know anything about them which is why Lenny Kravitz’s debut album was my introduction to him. I have the Kiss tribute album you mentioned but haven’t played it in a long time. I’ll have to give it a spin soon. Didn’t Garth Brooks do “Hard Luck Woman”?

      Thanks for the referral to Pete Murray. I’ve added that album to my Spotify queue & will listen to it at work this week.

      I’ll be taking an extended break but might pop up occasionally in the coming months if I’m inspired.

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      • Bill P
        June 26, 2020

        You are absolutely right on the Garth Brooks “Hard Luck Woman.” Not a bad cover there. I really like the orchestral version of “Black Diamond.” Also enjoyed J. Mascis vocal on Dinosaur Jr’s “Goin Blind.”

        I was just introduced to Montrose’s self-titled album. Thought it was a strong rocker for a band supposed to be “America’s Led Zeppelin.” Knowing how much you like Zep and it would be in your genre, I thought I’d see if I missed that one on this series. Looks like you’ve just done a Comp or Catalog entry but added a note that you did get the full disc much later. Like you, Montrose was a band I always had heard about but didn’t really pursue.

        I’m curious, now that you’ve had a chance to do more listening since 2013, do you think Montrose s/t is worthy of being great out of the gate/Satur-debut?

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      • Hi Bill. Yes, I would definitely consider Montrose’s debut among the all-time best, and probably should have included it at the end of this series. If only I had discovered that album when I was younger. After writing that Compilation Or Catalog post about them, I ended up initially getting one of those 5-CD slimline box sets that includes the four studio albums and Ronnie Montrose Open Fire album. Later on I bought the 2-LP deluxe reissues of the first two albums on Rhino, which will now be my go-to versions of those records. Glad we’re in agreement about that debut.

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